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    Sometimes I Feel Like a River Danielle Daniel Canada, Josée Bisaillon Canada
    9781773066950 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $18.99 CAD 8.25 x 10 in | 0.85 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Following the huge success of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, this companion book is a lyrical celebration of our relationship to the natural world.

      In each of twelve short poems, a child tells us how or why they feel like the sun, a river, a mountain, a cloud, the rain, a forest and more. Their deeply felt connections and identification with these wonders point to how much we are all part of the natural world. Each poem comes to life through vivid, playful illustrations that show the children immersed in their surroundings. The book serves as a gentle call to action — to notice, appreciate, preserve and protect our environment, while delighting in all its beauty.

      A mindfulness activity — A Mindful Walk or Roll — invites young readers to use their senses to experience their surroundings to the fullest. Includes a brief author’s note that highlights our connections to the natural world.


      Key Text Features

      author’s note

      illustrations

      poems

      procedural text


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.5

      Recognize common types of texts (e.g., storybooks, poems).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

      Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      Bio

      DANIELLE DANIEL is an award-winning author and illustrator whose journey into artmaking and book publishing has gone hand in hand with all she has learned — and continues to learn — about her Indigenous ancestry and her relationship with the land. Danielle’s picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and a Best 100 title at the New York Public Library) and Once in a Blue Moon. She has also illustrated You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith. She is the author of two novels — Forever Birchwood for middle-grade readers and Daughters of the Deer for adults. Danielle holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and lives on Manitoulin Island with her family.



      JOSÉE BISAILLON has illustrated more than forty picture books, and she has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award four times. The Snow Knows by Jennifer McGrath won the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and was a finalist for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Josée has also illustrated Martin and the River by Jon-Erik Lappano and Out into the Big Wide Lake by Paul Harbridge. She lives with her family near Montreal, Quebec.

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      From feeling like the sun rising early and shining one's light on the earth to feeling like thunder as one booms and roars, these beautifully written poems incorporate onomatopoeia and other elements of figurative language to showcase how and why we are connected to marvels of the world. Jose Bisaillon’s imaginative, vibrant illustrations—rendered in a mix of soft and wax pastels, cut paper, colored pencils, gouache, charcoal and digital art—dance across each double-page spread with a playfulness and simplicity that perfectly complements each poem.

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    The Last Two Crayons Leah Freeman-Haskin, Shantala Robinson Canada
    9781773066233 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Diversity & Multicultural Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:April 04, 2023
    $18.99 CAD 8.38 x 9.75 in | 0.93 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Sienna looks forward to drawing a picture for her school’s spring art show, until she ends up with the last two crayons …

      By the time Sienna arrives at the art table in her classroom, all the crayons are gone except dark brown and light brown. Now how can she make a special picture for the art show? Andy teases that all she’ll be able to draw is mud and dog poop. Her teacher tries to cheer her up, telling her that lots of wonderful things are brown. So Sienna imagines some of her favorite things — her grandma’s rose garden, her new bicycle, rainbows — but none of them are brown! Her friends remind her that chocolate ice cream is brown, and so is the grizzly bear at the zoo. Sienna draws both, with the help of her friends, but neither picture seems special enough. In the end, inspired by an early memory, Sienna comes up with her own idea for a drawing that’s perfect for the art show.

      The Last Two Crayons looks at the beautiful world of brown, with a heartwarming and empowering ending that celebrates diversity, creativity and family.


      Key Text Features

      dialogue

      illustrations

      vignettes


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

      Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      Bio

      LEAH FREEMAN-HASKIN is a debut children’s book author, a content creator and the founder of BLK Oceans, a website dedicated to promoting Black-owned businesses. As a child, she was inspired by a picture book to see beauty in the color brown, which helped change her perspective on her own sense of beauty and self-acceptance. Leah lives in Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and two young sons.



      SHANTALA ROBINSON is an illustrator, graphic designer and fine artist whose art is inspired by both her urban and natural surroundings. She lives in New Westminster, British Columbia, with her partner and two young children.

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      A sensitive and age-appropriate tale to spark conversations about skin color.

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    Afikomen Tziporah Cohen MFA Canada, Yaara Eshet Canada
    9781773066066 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 9 in | 0.85 lb | 32 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      In this wordless time-travel adventure, three children at a Passover seder visit ancient Egypt to help baby Moses find his way safely to Pharaoh’s daughter.

      When a family settles at the table for Passover, their dog nabs the afikomen bag (containing matzah used for the seder) and dives under the tablecloth. The children follow him and find themselves transported to ancient Egypt. There, they see baby Moses’ mother and sister Miriam placing him in a reed basket. The baby’s journey down the Nile is hazardous — he encounters several obstacles along the way, including a wily crocodile. Thanks to the three children, he reaches his destination unharmed, with a piece of afikomen tucked into his basket. The children return to the seder table and, exhausted, fall asleep. But what are their parents to make of the grains of sand in the afikomen bag?

      Includes an author’s note about the meaning of the Passover holiday and about different afikomen traditions.


      Key Text Features

      author’s note

      explanation

      illustrations

      literary references

      panels

      sources

      wordless


      Correlates to the Common Core States Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3

      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3

      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      Bio

      TZIPORAH (TZIPPY) COHEN was born and raised in New York and spent eighteen years in Boston before landing in Canada, where she now lives with her family. Many years after graduating from Harvard Medical School, she received an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She now splits her time between writing and working as an oncology/palliative care psychiatrist.

      Tzippy’s debut middle-grade novel No Vacancy won the Jean Little First-Novel Award and was a Sydney Taylor Award honor and a National Jewish Book Award finalist.



      YAARA ESHET was born in Israel and studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. She has illustrated more than thirty books for readers of all ages, including Journey Around the Sun: The Story of Halley’s Comet by James Gladstone, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Quill and Quire. She has exhibited her art in galleries and museums, in solo and group exhibitions, in Israel and Canada. Yaara lives with her family and cats in Toronto, Ontario.

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      Passover magic.

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    Happy Birthday to Me Thao Lam Canada, Thao Lam Canada
    9781773068725 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:April 04, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 9.5 x 9 in | 0.88 lb | 44 pages Carton Quantity:34 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      How does it feel to turn a year older? A child runs through a spectrum of emotions on the best day of the year, their birthday!

      A child runs through a spectrum of emotions on the best day of the year—their birthday! Early-morning excitement gives way to shyness at the arrival of guests, hunger for cake, a craze for arts and crafts, and some real piñata problems. So how can a kid possibly answer that age old question: "How does it feel to be a year older?"

      From bestselling picture-book creator Thao Lam comes this irrepressible celebration of emotions, captured in a rainbow of cut-paper collage. Happy Birthday to Me makes for the perfect birthday present or anytime-guide to naming our feelings.


      Key Text Features

      Illustrations


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      Bio

      THAO LAM is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author/illustrator of THAO, Wallpaper, My Cat Looks Like My Dad, Skunk on a String, and The Paper Boat, named a best book of 2020 by Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, the Globe and Mail, CBC, and others. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.



      THAO LAM is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author/illustrator of THAO, Wallpaper, My Cat Looks Like My Dad, Skunk on a String, and The Paper Boat, named a best book of 2020 by Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, the Globe and Mail, CBC, and others. She studied illustration at Sheridan College and has an insatiable love of colored and textured papers, which she uses to create her exuberant collages. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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      Worthy of a celebration, this is a multifaceted yet child-friendly exploration of the big emotions associated with birthdays.

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    The Remembering Stone Carey Sookocheff Canada, Carey Sookocheff Canada
    9781773065892 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 8.5 x 10 in | 410 gr | 40 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Alice keeps a perfectly round skipping stone in her pocket to remember her grandfather by — but the stone goes missing.

      It looked just like a regular stone, but Alice knew it was different: It was perfectly round so you could use it to trace circles, and sometimes she could trick her dad into thinking it was a quarter. It was also how Alice remembered her grandpa, who taught her how to skip stones, and who passed away last winter.

      Alice brings the stone to school for Show and Share, but when her classmate asks to see it again at recess, Alice discovers that the stone is gone! Her friends search high and low and can’t find the stone—but their friendship gives Alice an idea of another way that she can remember.

      A gentle look at loss, grief, and how small everyday actions can connect us to those we love.


      Key Text Features

      Illustrations


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3

      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

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      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the author and illustrator of Lost Things, Wet, and Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series, written by Maureen Fergus. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and her dog, Rosie.



      CAREY SOOKOCHEFF is the author and illustrator of Lost Things, Wet, and Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems. She is also the illustrator of the Buddy and Earl series, written by Maureen Fergus. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her family and her dog, Rosie.

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      Sweet support during loss.


      Illustrated with muted colors in blues, greens, and grays, listeners will be able to understand the message that it's the little things that help connect us to family and friends.

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    We Are Lions! Jens Mattsson, Jenny Lucander, B.J. Woodstein
    9781773067018 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 9.65 x 7.68 in | 0.32 kg | 32 pages Carton Quantity:42 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      I am a lion, and my big brother is one, too … until one day, he gets sick.

      The narrator and his big brother have the best game in the world together. They are dangerous lions on the savannah! One day, big brother doesn’t want to run around anymore. His stomach hurts. He has to see the doctor and take medicine, and even has to stay at the hospital.

      Lions don’t want to be trapped by wires and tubes! The narrator instigates a hunt, and the brothers run around the hospital together, chasing gazelles and startling the wildebeest. But big brother is very sick and can't keep up. Lions can’t cry, his little brother insists. But they can miss the rest of their pride. With Mom and Dad, the narrator tries to comfort his sibling. Soon, he knows, the two lions will go hunting again.

      A tender story, unexpectedly punctuated by moments of humor, about the illness of a sibling, the love between brothers and the healing power of imagination.


      Key Text Features

      illustrations


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.3

      With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.2

      Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      Bio

      JENS MATTSSON is a school librarian living in Lund, Sweden. We Are Lions! is his debut work, inspired by the eternal subjects of life, death and play.



      JENNY LUCANDER is a Finnish-Swedish children's book creator who has illustrated several acclaimed children's books. She has won the Nordic Council Children and Young People's Literature Prize, and has been nominated for the Runenberg Prize and the Rudolf Koivu Prize for the most beautiful picture book. She lives in Helsinki, Finland. 



      B.J. WOODSTEIN is a translator, writer, doula, lactation consultant and associate professor of literature. She lives in Norwich, England, with her wife and their children.

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    The Invitation Stacey May Fowles Canada, Marie Lafrance Canada
    9781773066615 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Age (years) from 3 - 6, Grade (CAN) from P - 1, Grade (US) from P - 1 On Sale Date:April 04, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 9 x 10 in | 1 lb | 40 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Stacey May Fowles’ debut picture book is a whimsical, warmhearted story of how a super-special surprise can lead to anxiety — or invite imagination.

      One beautiful fall day, Fern opens her mailbox and finds an envelope. After much worrying about what it could possibly contain, her friend Fawn encourages her to open it. Inside, she finds an invitation to a super-special surprise at the museum — but Fern doesn’t like surprises!

      Luckily, Fawn offers to come with her to the party. What could possibly happen, he asks. Along the way, Fern voices her worries: What if they can’t make it in time? What if they don’t know anyone there?

      Fawn playfully follows his friend's way of thinking, while gently suggesting twists to her story and a fun new cast of characters — the chipmunk who could show them a shortcut, the grumpy bear who could clear their path, the brave dentist who might treat the bear’s toothache — until at last they arrive, and Fern is able to enjoy the wonderful surprise happening around her.

      Marie Lafrance’s delightfully dreamy illustrations bring the imagined world of Fern and Fawn to life in this super-special story about catastrophic thinking.


      Key Text Features

      illustrations


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.3

      Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4

      Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7

      Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

      Bio

      STACEY MAY FOWLES is a multiple award-winning journalist, essayist and author of four books, including the national bestseller, Baseball Life Advice: Loving the Game that Saved Me. She is the co-editor, with Jen Sookfong Lee, of the anthology Good Mom on Paper: Writers on Creativity and Motherhood. A former columnist at the Globe and Mail, Stacey currently writes the Book Therapy column for Open Book Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and daughter.



      MARIE LAFRANCE has illustrated for magazines, newspapers, billboards and boxes of jelly powder, but now she prefers to use her warm and engaging artwork to bring picture books to life. Her books include The Lady with the Books by Kathy Stinson, Gemma and the Giant Girl by Sara O’Leary and The Brass Charm by Monique Polak. Her art has been included in the New York Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition, and she has won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award. Marie lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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      Visually appealing empowerment in the face of anxiety.


      The coloured pencil illustrations are a whimsical delight.


      This picture book presents a beautifully illustrated, warm-hearted tale about facing one's fears with the help of friends.

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    Series: Speak Out
    Malala Speaks Out Malala Yousafzai, Clara Fons Duocastella, Susan Ouriou Canada, Yael Frankel
    9781773069166 Hardcover JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Activism & Volunteering Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:April 04, 2023
    $14.99 CAD 4.75 x 7.88 in | 0.52 lb | 76 pages Carton Quantity:52 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Malala Yousafzai was denied education when the Taliban took control of her town in Pakistan. She decided to speak up, despite the danger it put her in. Her story is the story of many girls.

      When Malala was fifteen years old, she was attacked by the Taliban for defending girls’ rights to education. She survived and recovered to become a world leader in education rights. In 2014, at the age of seventeen, she was the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. This is her acceptance speech, in which Malala tells her story — the story of 66 million girls around the world deprived of education.

      Malala entreats her fellow children to decide to be the last generation “that sees empty classrooms, lost childhoods and wasted potentials.” Her speech is strikingly illustrated and followed by an analysis written by Clara Fons Duocastella that provides context about Malala’s early life in Swat Valley, Pakistan, and examines what makes her call to action so powerful.

      The Speak Out series publishes the most inspiring speeches of our times, then deconstructs them to give young readers a deeper understanding of global issues and the power of language to influence them.


      Key Text Features

      biographical information

      definitions

      explanation

      facts

      headings

      historical context

      illustrations

      informational note


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

      Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.8

      Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.3

      Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.6

      Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

      Bio

      MALALA YOUSAFZAI came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban and her family’s fight for girls’ education in her community. In 2012, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education. Malala was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, becoming the youngest ever recipient at just 17. Malala graduated from Oxford University in 2020 and continues to champion universal access to education through the Malala Fund. She lives in the United Kingdom.



      CLARA FONS DUOCASTELLA is the director of the magazine Dialogal, the founder of Lalè, a professional consulting company that helps diverse groups of people work together in a cohesive way, and the program director for the Catalan organization AUDIR (UNESCO’s Association for Interreligious and Interconvictional Dialogue). She believes that disrespect and fear are the main obstacles to friendship and peace.



      SUSAN OURIOU is an award-winning fiction writer and literary translator with over sixty translations and co-translations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young-adult literature to her credit. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation. Jane, the Fox and Me, co-translated with Christelle Morelli, was named to IBBY’s Honour List. She has also published Nathan, a novel for young readers. Susan lives in Calgary, Alberta.



      YAEL FRANKEL is an author and illustrator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who has been published around the world. Her book The Elevator won the Nami Concours Green Island Prize, the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival prize and was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book and a White Ravens selection. She has written and illustrated many other award-winning books.

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    Catch Me If I Fall Barry Jonsberg
    9781773068916 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Dystopian Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7 On Sale Date:March 07, 2023
    $17.99 CAD 5 x 7.75 in | 280 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Twins Ashleigh and Aiden have always promised to protect each other, but after an accident on a school trip, Aiden starts behaving strangely. Are they just growing apart, or is something more sinister going on?

      In a future Australia ravaged by climate change, twins Ashleigh and Aiden Delatour have always promised to protect and be there for each other, no matter what. Their privileged upbringing and loving, wealthy parents leave them with little to worry about. But when Aiden is seriously injured during a school trip, the twins’ entire world begins to unravel.

      Back home from the hospital, something about Aiden seems different and Ashleigh’s quest to find out why will uncover dark truths about the world they thought they knew, challenge their bond as twins and push how far they are willing to go to keep their promises.

      Catch Me If I Fall is a thrilling, timely examination of the possible future of our planet, the true meaning of family and our responsibilities to each other.


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      explanation

      prologue


      Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3

      Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6

      Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.3

      Describe how a particular story's or drama's plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.6.6

      Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.

      Bio

      BARRY JONSBERG was a high school English teacher in Darwin, Australia, before he began his career as an author. His young-adult novel It’s Not All About YOU, Calma! was awarded the Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature. His widely acclaimed, bestselling novel My Life as an Alphabet was adapted into the film H Is for Happiness, and a film adaptation of Catch Me If I Fall is now in the works. Barry still lives in Darwin with his wife, Anita, and their dog, Zorro.

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      Well written and suspenseful.

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    Cleaning Up Leanne Lieberman Canada
    9781773068060 Hardcover YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Coming of Age Age (years) from 13 - 18, Grade (CAN) from 7 - 12, Grade (US) from 7 - 12 On Sale Date:April 04, 2023
    $19.99 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 208 pages Carton Quantity:1 Canadian Rights: Y Groundwood Books
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      Jess finds a secret diary and imagines what it would be like to be a girl who has everything. Will she become so wrapped up in someone else’s life that she misses a chance to create her own?

      Jess cleans houses to save money for college, because her dad — unemployed and off the wagon yet again — has moved the two of them out of the city into a decrepit borrowed tent and trailer. Jess wavers between anger at her father and fear that poverty and addiction may be her fate, too, and she decides she will do whatever it takes to avoid it.

      She gets a gig cleaning a gorgeous country home and discovers the trashed bedroom of the teenaged daughter, Quinn. Jess wonders how a girl with a perfect life – private school, horseback riding – could have wrecked such a beautiful room. As she cleans, she finds troubling clues – including, tucked behind the bed, a diary.

      Gradually Jess learns that Quinn’s life is not what it’s supposed to be. Jess begins to imagine becoming friends with Quinn, and when she begins to write down a new story for Quinn, she risks turning her back on the opportunities that are right in front of her – new friends, new interests, a fresh beginning.


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      biographical note

      chapters

      dialogue

      journal entries

      Bio

      LEANNE LIEBERMAN is the author of five young adult novels, including The Most Dangerous Thing, Gravity (Sydney Taylor Notable), The Book of Trees and Lauren Yanofsky Hates the Holocaust (Sydney Taylor Notable and Bank Street Best Book). Her adult fiction has been published in New Quarterly, Descant, Fireweed, the Antigonish Review and Grain. She’s a schoolteacher in Kingston, Ontario.

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      Jess's situation and the decisions she must make will be familiar to many teens.

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